Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy 2011

I hope everyone is looking forward to a great 2011. I hope you had your black eyed peas and collard greens yesterday to bring you happiness and wealth!

Back in November my aunt asked me to take her to the yarn shop. All the way there I was saying to myself, don't buy any yarn, don't buy any yarn. I have done some simple knitting but not much. My aunt asked the owner about some unique yarns and she showed us this silk and wool yarn made and hand dyed by a women's cooperative in Uruguay. I was sold! I love the idea of women helping other women.

The brand is malabrigo. I knitted a scarf for each of my daughter in laws and my daughter. This one is for me! The colors are luscious and so soft and warm.

That is the reason I didn't do a lot with my quilting during November and December.

If you have not gotten a copy of Word Play Quilts you are missing a real treat. Visit Tonya's blog. I know that many of you already follow her blog but she is a wonderful liberated quilter. She is so so creative. Her explanations in this book are amazing.

By the way, the "JOY" on the left side is mine!! I also sent her some letters that she is including in her Student Letters Quilt. So exciting to be included.

Her book inspired me to add my grandson's name to the quilt I am working on for him. I am ashamed to say he will be 2 soon and this is the first quilt I have made for him.

There is so much color and movement in this quilt I kept his name more controlled. This is the top of the quilt. I really enjoy doing HSTs. I make them by the square method where you cut the square diagonally. I have a special tool that makes them fairly easy to do.

I love the black and white for him. Now I just have to decide whether to hand or machine quilt.

I am leaning toward hand quilting although it will take a long time. If I do then I have to decide how to quilt it! So many decisions so early in the year.


Tonya said...

hey, I saw my name on that book. woohoo

elle said...

Nice wool and nice lettering. I, too, like those HST's!

Carol E. said...

Guess I'm doomed to bad luck forever, because I don't do collard greens and whatever else you said. Dang.

I've made a scarf from that yarn,too, and I love it!! I've been knitting a lot lately and almost no quilting, but did get to my sewing machine today, briefly. Knitting is still new and exciting, so I'm concentrating on it for now.

Tonya Ricucci said...

ooh, fun quilt and the name is wonderful. I'm having a great time sewing your letters!

Anonymous said...

Happy 2011! That yarn is fab. I can totally see why you're keeping a scarf for you :)

Katie said...

Ooooooo. I want that book too! :-)

jovaliquilts said...

Well, I'm a little late commenting, but I love that black/white/bright combination in your quilt. And CONGRATULATIONS on having your JOY in Tonya's book!! It's a wonderful book, and it must be very exciting to be part of it.